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OutrageousOrange
« on: December 06, 2007 11:12:14 AM »

I needed thoughtful Christmas gifts for various people in my life, who I don't see everyday, but would still like them to know I thought of them this holiday season. I was actually looking for ways to recycle plastic bags [I LOVE LIVING GREEN] and I stumbled across this pattern http://www.10000greatideas.com/ideadet.php?iid=638 Instead of using plastic bags, I used crochet thread and a size 7/1.65 mm hook.




The linked pattern does have some errors, but a few people commented on how you can fix them. So I crocheted up a few snowflakes and went searching for methods to stiffen them. There are several ways, from using sugar water, spray or liquid starch, to my chosen method, watered down white school glue. You want to pin your snowflake to the cardboard, so it can hold its shape, after you've applied the glue. I taped wax paper to a piece of cardboard, so I had something to stick my pins into. I used quilters pins, but it doesn't really matter what kind of pins you use, as long as they won't rust, because they will be exposed to water.


And what says the holidays better than GLITTER! After I applied the glue/water solution, I gave it a generous dusting with glitter. Tip - Don't use regular craft glitter. I used craft glitter the first time around, trying to save a few dollars. The craft glitter doesn't stick as well as the ultra fine glitter, and the bigger squares of craft glitter will hide your delicate stitches. So spring for the ultra fine glitter. Apply it while it's still wet. Wait for your snowflake to dry, remove your pins, and turn your snowflake over. I applied the glue solution to the back of the snowflake, and dusted it with glitter again. There wasn't a need to re-pin the snowflake. After the initial pinning, it will hold it's shape. After this dries, I apply two more coats of glue solution, just to make sure the snowflake is nice and stiff. And here is the snowflake in all it's glory!

 

Sorry about the pictures. Glitter doesn't photograph very well!
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2007 12:54:26 PM »

I LOVE THOSE!!
and i loveee the glitter.
eee i use christmas as my own personal excuse to buy LOADS of glitter  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2007 01:55:18 PM »

oh my word i am so in awe. I've been wanting to make snowflakes for about a month now and just haven't worked up the courage to try something so delicate!!! your's came out beautifully!
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2007 02:00:30 PM »

My grandmother just gave me all her old wool, thread, needles, hooks and patterns so I decided to try some snowflakes.  I was surprised at how easy snowflakes are once you get the hang of it.  The hardest part is starting the next round, especially when you don't have a good example of what the finished project looks like.  Overall well-worth the effort though.  I'll have to try the glitter for my next round!
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2007 02:27:11 PM »

I was about to give up my crochet snowflake marathon, as it takes me forever to make one, and they look  bland to me. But not yours. Thank you for sharing your glitter tip. Are you happy with your glue/water solution. My instructions say half glue/half water. Guess what I am doing tonight.   
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2007 03:34:44 PM »

Thats great.  I have some crochet thread I just need some smaller hooks. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2007 07:11:07 AM »

I am happy with the glue/water solution. It was a guessing game at first, how much water, how much glue. If you use too much glue, the crochet thread can't absorb it, and it just sits on top of your stitches. You need just enough water, that the string can soak it up. I squirt some glue in a little dish, and just turn the water barely on, run the dish under the water, and pull it right back out, so maybe a teaspoon of water to a tablespoon of glue??? If you get too much water, it's not a big deal. It won't be as stiff, but you can just apply another coat. When I first tried crochet snowflakes, I was so frustrated. I found several patterns, and everyone writes patterns differently, and they were so hard to understand. It's hard to work with such a small hook, and very thin thread, the tension takes a bit of practice, but after a few tries, you get the hang of it Smiley 
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